Financial success, whether in personal finance or investing, is usually found by going against the norm.
The Wide Road
In a fast-paced get it now society credit is a way of life, but that is not the narrow road.
Leveraged to the max and living payday to payday is the standard, but that is not the narrow road.
Not having enough to save for that disaster when it happens is just a fact of life, but that is not the narrow road.
Depending on others for our well-being and future makes it easier to spend our income now, but that is not the narrow road.
The Narrow Road
Delay gratification, save for what you desire and avoid credit at every turn.
Pay off those bills;have money left at the end of the month and start to live stress free.
Disaster will happen. With a fully funded emergency fund those disasters can become mere inconveniences.
By thinking past today and taking responsibility for the future, a comfortable retirement can become a reality.
It is Easy to Get Lost
There is no magic formula or get rich scheme out there. It takes sacrifice, willpower and a desire to achieve ‘financial freedom’. But beware, the narrow road is not easy to find and even harder to follow.
My suggestion: Get a guide or a navigator.
Accountability to someone else, perhaps a spouse or close friend, can keep the narrow road under your feet and trouble behind you. In fact, this blog is part of my financial accountability.
“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson